Animated history of the English language


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A ten minute video would have been fine. But eleven minutes and twenty-one seconds? No way, I'm too busy.


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Hmm, I thought Werewolf was a Latin-Germanic compound word? Latin for man being 'vir', 'wolf' being a Germanic word. So man-wolf.

Romans famously all had a kind of speech impediment and pretty much sounded like this wink


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Everything you need to know about Dr.Johnson in one minute and forty seven seconds:


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Why is it that the English always come up with the best ways of explaining English? Probably because they've been using it longer than the rest of us. I just wish I could jump a few hundred years forward and watch the new version of this explaining how Chinese became a global language.


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I think the engineering and construction use of the word firewall came before the internet.

This video was amusing but packed with clich├ęs, stereotypes, and little errors like the one above.


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English is germanic and was more so back when Saxons were speaking it. W in wolf is very english.


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Yes that was my thoughts. There are large amounts of Latin, French & Germanic in the english language. Interestingly small amounts of word heritage from languages like Hindi. Shampoo for example.


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Gotta admit that you have. Completely ommited around 800 years of Arabic language influence on the English language http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_words_of_Arabic_origin


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Not quite, the Germanic "wer" and Latin "vir" are both derived from the same Indo-European root for "man", but evidently neither side borrowed directly from the other.


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Many thanks for that.


#12

Absolutely! Or their invaluable influence re-starting science smile Thanks for the link.


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